Tinubu's Govt to Suspend Accreditation of Degree Certificates From Kenya, Uganda, Others

Tinubu's Govt to Suspend Accreditation of Degree Certificates From Kenya, Uganda, Others

  • The federal government (FG) has disclosed plans to further extend the suspension of accreditation and evaluation of degree certificates to Uganda, Kenya and Niger Republic
  • This is against the backdrop of an investigative report by a journalist on how he acquired a degree from a university in Benin Republic under two months and in fact, deployed for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)
  • The FG had on Tuesday, January 2, announced the suspension of evaluation and accreditation of degree certificates from Benin Republic and Togo

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has 9-year experience covering basic and tertiary education in Nigeria and worldwide

FCT, Abuja - Amid the scourge of degree mills institutions in Africa, the Bola Tinubu administration has said sanctions would be extended to more countries like Kenya, Uganda, and Niger Republic.

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This follows the suspension of accreditation and evaluation of degree certificates from Benin Republic and Togo after an exposé that indicted some universities in Cotonou.

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Nigerian govt suspends accreditation of degrees from universities in some African countries. Photo credit: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
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Nigeria's Education minister, Tahir Mamman, disclosed the FG's stance on Kenya and Uganda during an interview on Channels Television on Wednesday evening, January 3.

He said:

“We are not going to stop at just Benin and Togo. We are going to extend the dragnet to countries like Uganda, Kenya, even Niger.
"We are going to extend the suspension to other countries where such institutions operate."

Watch part of the minister's interview below:

FG suspends accreditation of certificates from Benin

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government suspended the evaluation and accreditation of degree certificates from universities in neighbouring Togo and Benin Republic.

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The move was the government's reaction to an undercover report by an online newspaper that revealed how a Cotonou-based university issued a degree certificate to an investigative journalist within six weeks.

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Legit.ng also reported that a reporter with the Daily Nigerian, Umar Shehu Audu, narrated how he secured a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication certificate from the Ecole Superieure de Gestion et de Technologies, Cotonou, Benin Republic.

Audu said he was not issued an admission letter and doesn't know where the school is located.

ICPC boss meets undercover reporter, launches investigation

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Musa Aliyu, has met with Audu after the latter uncovered fake degrees given by mushroom universities in Benin and Togo.

According to a tweet from the anti-graft agency, while meeting the reporter, the ICPC sought information from him to help the anti-graft agency look into academic fraud.

Source: Legit.ng

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at ridwan.adeola@corp.legit.ng.

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